Christmas Services

Thank you to everyone who was involved in organising and leading our various Christmas services and activities of Christmas week – Sunday Worship, Carol Service, our Crazy Crafty Christmas Christingle, Watchnight Communion, Christmas Day Service and Morning Worship.


Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Christmas, Report, Worship

Parties and Pantomime 2014

Everyone had a great time at the Junior Church parties and pantomime on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who organised and helped with them.

Here are some pantomime photographs:

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Junior Church, Report

Junior Church Christmas Festival Service 2014

Thank you to everyone who prepared and participated in our Christmas Festival Service.

In the service, the Junior Church unpacked a giant-sized Christmas shoe-box (like the ones we sent with Operation Christmas Child again this year) to make links and explore the real meaning of Christmas with the congregation. The service included an anthem by the young people and a nativity.

Here are some photos of the service:

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Christmas, Junior Church, Photographs, Worship

Craft Fair 2014

We held a Craft Fair at church for the first time yesterday.
Here are a few photographs:

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Photographs, Report

Bonfire Party 2014

We had a happy time at our bonfire and fireworks party again this year, enjoying fireworks together as well as the soup, sausages, baked potatoes and bonfire toffee.

Grateful thanks to our hosts and to everyone who helped organise the evening.

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Goldsmith Players Autumn Production 2014

The Goldsmith Players marked the centenary of the start of World War 1 by performing the play “The Shadow of the Valley” by C. H. Hawkins which is set in a trench somewhere in France, April 1916. They followed this with a family comedy, “The Dear Departed” by Stanley Houghton.

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Here is the review of the productions published in our newsletter:


 As part of our recognition of the 100 anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War the Goldsmith Players have revived ‘The Shadow of the Valley’ by CH Hawkins.   Set in a trench in France in April 1916 two soldiers sit, wrapped in blankets discussing their deprivations during a lull in the fighting.   They talk about home and are surprised to find themselves in parallel situations.   They feel the same horrors and futility of the war; both have a young family, they were even born only one day apart and share similar hopes and dreams for the future.   The ‘voices from home’ projected in the background feature the wife of one of the soldiers telling her mother-in-law of the frustrations of managing on her own with a baby in wartime and she reads out an emotional letter she has written to her husband.

 During preparations for the next attack, there are reports that soldiers have seen an angel in the sky and interpret it as a good sign although the officers are not convinced.   Before ‘the action’ recommences the Padre offers comfort and strength to the combatants.   The Sergeant blows his whistle and, the soldiers stand up.   They discard the blankets, put on their helmets, pick up their rifles and prepare to fight – to reveal the British soldier and the German soldier facing each other!

 The Dear Departed by Stanley Houghton takes place in Amelia Slater’s parlour.  That morning she found her elderly father, Abel Merryweather, dead in bed.  Although distressed and proudly wearing mourning attire, she wanted to claim some of his valuable possessions for herself before her sister Elizabeth and brother-in-law Ben arrived.   She enlisted the help of her son Victor to collect Grandad’s clock for the mantelpiece and amongst other things she brought his dressing mirror downstairs, placing it on a table remarking that it looked as though it had been there for years.   Husband Henry has reluctantly accepted his father-in-laws slippers.   When Amelia’s sister and husband arrive in deep mourning clothes there is a tension between them over the suitability of each other’s dress.   Elizabeth then notices the clock and the mirror, and is loudly accusing her sister of taking things that were rightly hers, when the door opens and in comes Abel Merryweather enquiring what on earth was going on!   The sisters try to explain but Abel could see only too well what had happened whilst he was in a very deep sleep and announced that he was leaving them all and going to marry the landlady at the local pub!

 All the players gave excellent performances and the stage sets were constructed with care and great attention to detail.   Many thanks to everyone involved on stage and behind the scenes, in creating these superb productions.   Thank you all for two very enjoyable evenings of entertainment.


Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Goldsmith Players, Report

Harvest Festival 2014

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We had a delightful and joyful Harvest Festival service lead by our Junior Church and Youth Group on 12th October.
They led our thoughts focusing on the theme of “bread” and we all had the chance to taste some of the wide variety of breads that are available to us these days.

Thank you to everyone who took part and to all who decorated the church so beautifully.

Thanks too, to everyone who brought gifts for harvest – these were donated to The Friary (formerly the Friary Drop-in Centre).

Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Harvest, Junior Church, Photographs, Report, Worship, Youth Group

Peter Pan – the British musical: Junior Church Show 2014

The children and young people of our Junior Church together with their friends presented a wonderful evening’s entertainment to a large and enthusiastic audience when they presented their performance of Peter Pan – the British musical.

There was great acting and singing and some clever special effects , effective sets, props and costumes.

Here are a few photographs:





Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Junior Church

Christian Aid Week 2014

We had a special service on 11th May, the start of Christian Aid week when Lucy Connell, currently Head of Eastside of England for Christian Aid, came to speak to us.

Following the service, we had a soup lunch in our halls.

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Christian Aid, World Church


After the service on Easter Sunday, we sowed some poppy seeds (red poppy seeds for remembrance and white poppy seeds for peace). The seeds should flower around 4th August which will be the centenary of the outbreak of World War I and this bed of poppies, just in front of our memorial windows, will be part of the way in which we commemorate this event.


Posted by gdjjennings in 2014